A small herd of donkeys was found suffering from neglect on private property. One elderly female had hooves that had grown so long they curved upwards. The pain caused her to barely walk, as each step was excruciating.
A nearby horse sanctuary rescued the small herd. American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC) contacted CAPE asking if we could take the older female donkey. Within days, she arrived at the CAPE Animal Sanctuary.
We could tell that although her hooves had been trimmed, her feet were very tender. Combined with her age, poor nutrition and years of neglect, the elderly donkey could only lean into our arms. Exploring her new home would have to wait.
Besides the wholesome equine feed, clean water, and a huge pasture, we also wanted to give her a name: Penelope, or Penny for short.
Because of years of neglect and poor diet, Penny has unusual fat pockets protruding from her body. Her feet will heal over time, but for now, she would rather stand still and be brushed or hugged.
Penny is our first rescue to enter CAPE's new equine pasture. On her first day, she was standing by the fence making friends with Billy and Celina.
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Today, Penny is now living with the CAPE equine herd. Our hope is to give her years of health, comfort and friendship
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